State forestry battling wildfire south of Delta Junction

Here's an aerial shot of the 5.5 Mile Barley Way Fire state forestry firefighters are battling southeast of Delta Junction. It was last reported at 10 acres.

Here’s an aerial shot of the 5.5 Mile Barley Way Fire state forestry firefighters are battling southeast of Delta Junction. It was last reported at 10 acres.

State forestry firefighters are battling an approximately 10-acre wildfire about 20 miles southeast of Delta Junction that started as the result of a structure fire that spread into the wildlands.
Two helicopters and an air retardant tanker were dumping water and retardant on the fire to help firefighters on the ground get a handle on the fire, which started at 5.5 Mile Barley Way off Sawmill Creek Road.

As of 9:30 p.m., the air retardant tanker was released from the fire to help with suppression efforts on a 160-acre fire burning north of Fairbanks between Central and Circle but the fire was boxed in with retardant and ground crews were working to dig a line around the fire. There were 17 firefighters on the ground and two more initial attack crews were enroute to the fire and should arrive shortly.

Division of Forestry firefighters responded to the fire just after 5:30 p.m. to find several structures and vehicles on fire. The fire spread into the woods surrounding the structures and began burning in dense black spruce. Helicopters from Delta Junction and Tok were called in to drop buckets of water on the fire and an air retardant tanker from Palmer was also ordered. The retardant tanker had dropped one load of retardant on the fire and was headed to Allen Air Field at nearby Fort Greely for a second load.

Two DOF engines with five personnel were first to respond to the fire and the White Mountain Initial Attack crew from Fairbanks was also enroute to the fire, as was the Tanana Chiefs Initial Attack Crew based in Tok.
Firefighters began digging a line around the fire and a retardant line was also being placed around the fire to control its spread.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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